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Un air de famille (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 June 1998 (USA)
An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and ... See full summary »

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Cédric Klapisch

Writers:

Agnès Jaoui (play), Jean-Pierre Bacri (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Henri
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Denis
Catherine Frot ... Yolande
Agnès Jaoui ... Betty
Claire Maurier Claire Maurier ... Madame Ménard - la mère
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Philippe
Alain Guillo Alain Guillo ... Le Présentateur
Sophie Simon Sophie Simon ... La Mère 1967
Cédric Klapisch ... Le Père 1967
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... Le Voisin
Chantal Gouard Chantal Gouard ... Une amie de la mère
Viviane Ordas Viviane Ordas ... Une amie de la mère
Aurélie Remacle Aurélie Remacle ... Betty 1967
Nicolas Taeb Nicolas Taeb ... Henri 1967
Ludovic Taeb Ludovic Taeb ... Philippe 1967
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Storyline

An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and memories both clash and coalesce. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

Leisure Time Features

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Resemblance See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$257,637, 12 June 1998

Gross USA:

$316,872, 28 June 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Yolande: What use is it to keep a paralysed dog in the house?
Denis: Think of it as a decoration. It's like a rug, but alive.
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Connections

Referenced in Un petit jeu sans conséquence (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Una furtiva lacrima
from "L'elisir d'amore"
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Enrico Caruso
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A birthday celebration."
21 January 2001 | by burneyfanSee all my reviews

If like me you like French films, you will like this one. There is no

plot to speak of and no time wasted in car-chases and violent action

sequences. There is just fascinating dialogue and the interaction of

intereresting characters, plus the expression of real emotion and

nuances of feeling. There is an intimacy with the characters that is

typically French and which the Americans rarely achieve. At the end of

the film you feel you know and understand these people and are wiser for

having known them.

I loved the performance of Catherine Frot in the film, She was delicious

and made the character of Yolande incredibly appealing and lovable.

What a crying shame she should have shackled herself to such a

self-centred, unappreciative husband. He was the luckiest man alive and

yet too obtuse to realize it. Hows appallingly sad.

The high-light of the film for me was the little dance Yolande had with

the quiet, philosophic bar-man Denis, played by Jean-Pierre Darroussin,

who, revealing his kind heart, offered to dance with her when her

insensitive husband refused - despite the fact that it was supposed to

be her birthday celebration. Denis's skillful dancing surprised them all, and disclosed a whole new

aspect of his personality. There is a touching moment at the bar when

Yolande, suspecting Betty's romantic interest and trying to encourage

it, says to her with a lovely winsome expression; `He's a good dancer.' And at the end of the film when Betty and Denis are seen to declare

their love for each other, she says delightedly, to the chagrin of her

snobbish and spiteful mother-in-law; `You know what this means? It means

he's going to be


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